[SunRescue] Should an editor require you to think?
Joshua D. Boyd
rescue at sunhelp.org
Thu Mar 8 10:30:34 CST 2001
On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, David Rouse wrote:
> On 3/7/01 at 8:30 PM, Joshua D. Boyd <jdboyd at cs.millersville.edu> wrote:
> >and Microsoft Publisher (a real DTP program).
> Okay, *that* makes me mad :-) (real DTP = QuarkXPress, at least for folks
> like me [newspapers]). Of course my cousin just laughs -- she uses Frame.
Well, I'm sure that QuarkXPress is a pretty nice product. And I certainly
wouldn't want to do anything in color in Publisher, but for simple
greyscale work, Publisher is mostly fine. Greyscale designs with lots of
complex images might be a bit too much for publisher.
I was the editor/designer for a small newletter for a year (It was about
12-16 pages long and printed quarterly), and my tools were Access, Word,
Publisher, and AOL (AOL was because someone gave me an account that they
were paying for and I didn't have email anywhere else.). I wasn't as
hardcore on unix then, although I still really liked Suns. Anyway, I
pasted all articles into Access, then I had a script that loaded the
article into Word and formatted it (word was used because Publisher could
understand the style commands on import) for easy import into Publisher.
All I had to do was select which pages a story would fit on and the
newsletter was basically done for me. I just had to go through and fine
tune it. QuarkXPress was way out of the budget for doing this simple
If I were to do it again, I might consider using Postgress, Python and
Illustrator or something like that. Then, I could have python generate
the basic newsletter as a postscript file that could then be touched up in
Illustrator. By touched up I mean placing graphics, and tweaking the mask
that controls how the text wraps around the graphic. Or maybe I would
learn Tex well enough to do more complicated word wrapping around
graphics. QuarkXPress would still likely be out of my budget.
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